The mechanics of head-supported load carriage by Nepalese porters.

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Bastien, Guillaume; Willems, Patrick; Schepens, Bénédicte; Heglund, Norman;
  • Publisher: The Company of Biologists Ltd.
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1242/jeb.143875
  • Subject: Efficiency | Load carrying | Locomotion | Mechanics | Muscular work | Walking

In the Everest valley of Nepal, because of the rugged mountain terrain, roads are nothing more than dirt paths and all material must be conveyed on foot. The Nepalese porters routinely carry head-supported loads, which often exceed their body mass, over long distances u... View more